Two Books to Add to Your Kids’ Reading List This Summer

By Barbara Rainey | June 28, 2018 | 4 Comments

Reading widens the world of children and adults. Exploring other places both real and imaginary enhances our knowledge and invites thinking creatively and critically. And almost nothing does more for family bonding than sitting together on a comfy couch or chair with one or more children and reading out loud together. One of my favorite […]

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The Day Molly Was Escorted by Soldiers

By Barbara Rainey | June 19, 2018 | 3 Comments

This is the second part of a two-part story about the brief life of my granddaughter, Molly. Click here for part one. After the joy God gave us, laughing together surrounding Molly, it was time to give her back to her parents. The moment of delight was replaced by the awful weight of what we […]

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To God be the Glory

By Barbara Rainey | June 15, 2018 | 7 Comments

Last week our six children, with spouses and their kids, gathered with us for a long planned celebration. June 7 was the date circled on the calendar since January for our FamilyLife staff and board to honor Dennis and me for our 40 plus years of ministry. Several hundred friends joined our family for dinner and […]

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Molly is 10 Today: She Changed Our Lives Forever

By Barbara Rainey | June 13, 2018 | 21 Comments

On that bright day in June, my sweet Rebecca said over and over, “I just can’t believe this is happening.” Rebecca’s childhood nickname was Joy for her contagious laugh, and on June 13, 2008, Rebecca and Jake experienced much joy bringing their firstborn into the world. But those great expectations, high hopes and happiness at […]

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How to Invest in Grandchildren, the Next Generation of Christ Followers

By Barbara Rainey | March 5, 2018 | 8 Comments

True to his nature, my husband Dennis loves playful ways of engaging with our young grandchildren. “Do you want a papa bear hug?” he asks in a deep growling voice, “A mama bear hug?” a normal voice, “Or a baby bear hug?” he just barely whispers. Frequently and tentatively our grands will reply, ”A papa […]

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